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25th Annual Fine Art Students’ Exhibition

in Fine Arts, News, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Box, Performing Arts Spotlight

One of the most anticipated events in the Sussex County Community College calendar, the Annual Fine Art Students’ Exhibition, will be installed from May 6 through June 20. Presented in the Art Gallery in Building C, this year’s exhibit features approximately one hundred works created by current SCCC students who are either art majors or have taken courses in the Department of Fine Arts.

This juried exhibition will highlight works from digital media, design, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and photography. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 6 from 6:00-8:00p.m. It is always well attended and has proven to be a wonderful night. The exhibition offers students an opportunity to showcase their artworks and creative endeavors within a professional event. The public is most welcome and encouraged to come and view works made by aspiring artists, covering a wide range of topics, materials, and methods.

The exhibition, for some of the students, is the culmination of their foundation work that can be a launching point for careers within the Art and Design fields.

During the Opening Reception refreshments will be served. A lively evening is guaranteed.

For more information, call 973-300-2144.

Poetry events scheduled at SCCC

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Faculty members at SCCC to host a poetry reading on April 21

The Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival at Sussex County Community College will host a Faculty Poetry Reading event on April 21. The event will run from 6-8 pm in the Performing Arts Center Atrium. This event is free and community members are all welcome. There will be an open mic to follow the faculty readings.

The following professors will be in attendance:

David Crews, author of Circadian Rhythm (Paulinskill Poetry Project, 2014) and High Peaks (RA Press, 2015). His poems and essays are published in journals such as The Southeast Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Wisconsin Review, Paterson Literary Review, and SPECTRUM. He serves as editor for The Stillwater Review. David is currently the Director of the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center.

Professor of English, Jean LeBlanc, teaches in the English Department at SCCC and facilitates poetry writing workshops for area writers’ groups. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and is available in several collections, most recently A Field Guide to the Spirits (Aqueduct Press, 2015).

Adjunct Professor, George Lightcap, is a retired public school teacher. His poems have appeared in The Back Porch Review, Voices From Here, Off Line, and The Stillwater Review. In 2013, he completed a 27 year section hike of the 2,189 mile Appalachian Trail, and has also completed Vermont’s 265 mile Long Trail.

Adjunct Professor, Walter Wade, currently teaches Effective Speaking at SCCC. He is a writer, radio producer, Disc Jockey, and a collector of all types of music. Walter is a firm believer in the transformative healing power of words and music.

For more information contact David Crews at

Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival coming to SCCC June 11

NEWTON (April 3, 2016) – The Betty June Siconas Center at Sussex County Community College will be the setting for the Poetry Festival. The festival is set for Saturday, June 11 in the Performing Arts Center Atrium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This event will include an all-day book fair featuring local poets, literary readings, and workshops. Registration and breakfast begin at 9:00 a.m.

9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
10 a.m.-Noon: Workshops (registration required, more information below)
Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch and Open Reading – everyone invited!
1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Guest Poet Reading
2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Launch Reading for The Stillwater Review, Volume 6
All-day Book Fair– Come meet our local poets

Tone: A Place for Revision with Nan Baker, author of After Rain. She will begin with reading aloud to start the discussion. Nan will dive in with the problem poems by asking questions such as; Has the poem changed its path? What is assumed? Is it surprising? and many other questions. Attendees should bring 15 copies of their own poem.

Visual Poetry Workshop: In the Spirit of Play with Katrinka Moore, author of Numa, Thief, and This Is Not a Story winner of the New Women’s Voices Prize. Participants will create new poems over old book pages by practicing two visual poetry techniques, erasure and augmentation.  Erasure is marking out existing words in a text and augmentation is adding words or graphics. By exploring with simple art materials, poets can step outside the anxiety of composing and expand the possibilities for their work. Each poet will come away with a completed visual poem and strategies for using the contents to write new text poems.

A Leap into the Void: Craft, Imagination, & Duende with Priscilla Orr: This workshop will look at ways of accessing that force, as participants examine poems written by others. Once a solid foundation is established, participants will turn to their own work. For this part of the workshop, three copies of a draft poem, that needs work, is recommended.

For those looking to share their own work, a free open mic session will be held from Noon-1 p.m., followed by readings from the featured poets, who will also be signing copies of their books.

The festival will close with the launch of the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center’s Stillwater Review, Vol. 6, plus reading.

All workshops will run from 10 a.m. to Noon and cost $10 per person. Advanced registration is recommended to reserve a spot. All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Payment can be mailed to Sussex County Community College, ATTN: Foundation, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860. Make check payable to SCCC Foundation and please include “Poetry Festival” in the memo line. For questions, please email David Crews at,


Rockin’ Fest, to Support Student Veterans

in Foundation, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Box, Performing Arts Spotlight, Veterans

Thursday, June 30
5:00 pm
Connor Green at SCCC
the event will be held rain or shine

  • Rick Barth
  • Infinite Parallels
  • Nikki Briar and Sweet Briar Band

Parking donation:
$10 per Car
$5 per Car with Veteran or SCCC Student

The proceeds from Rockin’ Fest will go towards the Student Veterans Emergency Relief Program.

To Sponsor this event click to download the form:  Rockin’ Fest 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

To be a vendor at this event click to download the form:  Vendor Registration Form 2016

Student veterans receive college tuition and a monthly housing stipend under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but that money stops coming during winter and summer breaks when veterans are not in class, leaving students financially strapped.

The Student Veterans Emergency Relief Program will be available for student veterans who need assistance with expenses such as paying rent or an electric bill, or purchasing food and gas during times when class is not in session. A committee will review the request for assistance and quickly evaluate the situation so a rapid resolution can be achieved. The fund is a vehicle to get them through the period so they can concentrate on their studies. If the student veteran is struggling with classes, the fund can also be used for specialized tutoring.

For more information, call 973-300-2109 or email

If you cannot make the event, consider making a donation to our Student Veteran’s Emergency Relief Program.

Fireworks generously sponsored by: